As we mentioned in Three Certifications for HR Professionals, a bachelor’s degree really is considered entry level when it comes to human resources. There are several certifications available at the broadest level, including the Global Professional in Human Resources, the Professional in Human Resources and the Senior Professional in Human Resources. But if you’re interested in employee benefits and total compensation, the Certified Employee Benefits Specialist designation may be right for you! If you’re considering a CEBS, here’s what you need to know:
- The Certified Employee Benefit Specialist certification the most distinguished and widely recognized certification in the area of employee benefits and total compensation. Obtaining the designation requires completion of at least nine CEBS courses that cover the areas of group benefits, compensation management and retirement plans. The Institute for Corporate & Continuing Education offers all of these courses including Human Resources and Compensation Management, Group Health Plan Design, and Retirement Plan Design.
- If you’re interested in developing your skills and knowledge base in one of the three specific subset areas, you can pursue one or more of the following certifications: CMS (Compensation Management Specialist), GBA (Group Benefits Associate) and RPA (Retirement Plans Associate). The good news is that receiving credit for the courses leading to those designations also qualifies for the Certified Employee Benefits Specialist designation!
- Certificate holders are required to take at least thirty continuing professional education credits every two years.
If you’re ready to take the leap and earn one or more professional designations in the world of benefits management and total compensation, be sure to check out the Certified Employee Benefit Specialist Program at The Institute for Corporate & Continuing Education.